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Local businesses that raised money this summer as part of the Altamont Splash Challenge presented a check for $2,075 to the Altamont After School Care Program on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Roger and Rita Asplin, surprised guests at the Christmas Trees at Dr. Wright’s House fund raiser on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Elmer the Elf, played by Patty Winn, led children in singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as part of the Developing Altamontʼs Futureʼs Christmas for Kids held at the Altamont Living Museum on Saturday, Dec. 6. Santaʼs reindeer let Rudolph, played by Ian Scholes, know that he will go down in history.

The Lady Wildcats defeated St. Anothy on Wednesday, December 10 and took home a sectional trophy. Pictured in no certain are: Katie Grimsley, Mary Guse, Taylor Paquette, Marlee Nolen, Makayla Crow, Joanna Schultz, Leah Mayhaus, Rebecca Kuhns, Jade Shryock, Addie Smith, Maci Hanna, Annika Homann, Tinley Mette with head coach Molly Hartke.

Freedom Reigns in Christ Church volunteers Penny, Jenna, and Jaycob Buie serve hotdogs, ham sandwiches, and drinks at the churchʼs annual clothing giveaway held at the church on Saturday, Dec. 6 in St. Elmo. The church received donations to supply the items given away.

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Altamont school board approves tax levy, expels student Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 December 2014 11:46

BY NATHAN SCHOLES
The Altamont Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education held a Truth in Taxation hearing prior to their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 8. No comments from the com- Altamont school board approves tax levy, expels student Christmas for Kids brings holiday cheer munity were provided. The board passed the tax levy in a unanimous vote.
At the regular board meeting the board also upheld the suspension of a student before expelling the student. The expulsion will be held in abeyance pending successful completion of an approved alternative school.
Grade School Principal Doug Hill reported that MAP testing would be completed by the end of the week.

 
Common goal sends two European teens half-way around the globe Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 December 2014 11:44

BY NATHAN SCHOLES
For Jacobo Maria Trabada and Simon Korte, a desire to learn English has led them to Brownstown as foreign exchange students.
“I think this (immersion) is the best way to learn,” stated Jacobo, who is from Spain.
For Simon, who calls Germany home, it was his father who encouraged him to enroll in the foreign exchange program. His father was born in New York City.
The boys, both 16, spent about six months on various paperwork and administrative requirements before coming to Brownstown in August to live with host parents Jessica Rittis and Daniel Barker.

 
Bowman’s love leads her to start local food program Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 December 2014 13:07

BY NATHAN SCHOLES
Brownstown elementary teacher and Altamont High School graduate Casie Bowman remembers what started it all.
“Two years ago in January, I noticed that students were running to the cafeteria on Monday mornings for breakfast. I did a little investigating and found out they weren’t eating,” she recalled.
Always having a desire to help others, Bowman, with help from a group of local mothers and the school secretary, Shelly Thomason, decided to start a backpack food program at the school.
The program, which serves district students in classes from pre-k through high school, provides six meals and four snacks per weekend for each child served. Backpacks are sent home on the last day of the week and are to be returned the first day of the next week. Children receive items such as oatmeal, granola bars, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, vegetables, and fruits.

 
Roedl leaves a Christmas legacy Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 December 2014 13:10

BY NATHAN SCHOLES
For Altamont native Butch Roedl, Christmas was always the best season of the year.
“He was like a grown-up child. He was so into it,” his widow Rose recalls. “Once it was over, he was thinking about the about next year.”
After retiring from military civilian service in Washington, D.C., the Roedls retired to Butchʼs home area in 2000.
It was two years later that Butch began working in earnest to develop his display. Rose states that he always enjoyed entertaining neighborhood children with Christmas lights, but once retired and living in Altamont, was able to focus more energy on it.
He would decorate the house, gazebo, storage shed, and set up displays throughout his yard and an adjacent vacant lot. Butch began the work in October, stringing the lights on their home and outbuildings. After the fall leaves had been picked up, he would move to the yard, with set-up usually completed by Thanksgiving.

 
Artist with cerebral palsy presents his paintings to AGS art class Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 December 2014 12:56

BY NATHAN SCHOLES
Local artist Scott Deters, who has cerebral palsy, recently presented his paintings and story of determination to the eighth grade art class at Altamont Grade School. Through the use of a laser and an assistant, he explores his passion for abstract paintings.
Deters, a painter for 15 years, eventually became frustrated with both a technique that required him to paint with a brush strapped to his forehead and the hand-over-hand technique.
He was finally able to find a technique that suited him through a nonprofit organization called Artistic Realization Technologies, or A.R.T. By way of a laser attached to his head, Deters is able to direct his assistant to the colors, the size of the canvas, and design elements he wishes to use. He communicates with a computer and typically answers a series of “yes-no” questions from his assistant to provide proper guidance.

 
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